Singapore angry at Indonesia move to name navy ship for convicted bombers
SINGAPORE, Feb 7 (Reuters) - Anger is mounting in Singapore
over neighbouring Indonesia's decision to name a new naval ship
state's main shopping district that left three people dead.
Three Singapore ministers have asked their Indonesian
counterparts to reconsider the move to name a new frigate after
Osman Haji Mohamed Ali and Harun Said, who were convicted for
the March 1965 bombing of MacDonald House on Orchard Road.
The issue is likely to be another pressure point in the
delicate relationship between the two Southeast Asian neighbours
whose ties were tested last year when the annual burning of
Indonesian forests blanketed Singapore in a thick smog.
"The two Indonesian marines were found guilty of the
bombing, which killed three people and injured 33 others," said
a spokesman for Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
"Singapore had considered this difficult chapter in the
bilateral relationship closed in May 1973 when then prime
minister Lee Kuan Yew visited and scattered flowers on the
graves of the two marines," he added.